How to Create a Recycled Wood Hallway Shelf with a Dremel 8260

Prime and Paint

  • Difficulty


You need
  • Pen/potlood
  • Ruler
  • Flexible measuring tape
  • Paintbrush
  • Spirit level
  • Wooden planks
  • Wood primer
  • Wood paint
  • Wood filler
  • Wood glue
  • Rope
L: Length, W: Width, H: Height, D: Diameter

Let's go - step by step

Video instructions

Step 1 9

Glue The Back and Side Panels Together

Clamping together the 6 glued planks

Start by gluing together the six planks that will make up the back panel of the shelf. Then, do the same for the sides and the shelves. Clamp everything together for a firm hold. Don’t forget to clean off any excess glue for a more polished finish.

Step 2 9

Cut The Panels Down to Size

Cut The Panels Down to Size

It’s time to trim the panels down to size. Using the Dremel Precision Drill bit set (628), cut off the excess wood from each side panel to your desired shelf dimensions. Continue this with the shelves, top, and back panels. Double check everything fits togther before proceeding.

Step 3 9

Glue All The Panels Together

Gluing all the panel together to form a box shape shelf

Proceed with gluing together all of the panels. Use a clamp for a strong hold and remember to remove any excess glue.

Step 4 9

Add Cross Pieces to The Back

The back panel of the shelf with screw pieces drilled into the back

To make the back panel of the shelf stronger, attach some cross pieces. Use the Dremel Precision Drill bit set (628) to make a series of holes in the back panel and insert screws into each hole.  

Step 5 9

Attach The Shelves

The bottom shelf being measured with a level

Attach the shelves to the main structure with wood glue. Use a level to ensure the shelves are straight. This will also help to achieve a professional finish.

Step 6 9

Fill Gaps with Wood Filler

The constructed shelf with wood filler in all the gaps

Fill in any small gaps and seams with a thin layer of wood filler. This will improve the appearance of your old or recycled wood by evening out the surface.

Step 7 9

Sand Rough Edges

Sanding down the edge of the shelf using the Dremel Sanding band 13mm 60 grit (408)

Next, move onto sanding the edges around the shelving unit, using a Dremel Sanding band 13mm 60 grit (408). This will prevent splinters, even out edges, and improve the final finish of your shelves. The recommended RPM for softwood from the Dremel App is between 5,000-35,000, and will depend on the condition of your edges.

Step 8 9

Cut The Corners to Add Some Detail

Using the DREMEL® EZ SpeedClic: Wood Cutting Wheel (SC544) to cut off the top left corner of the shelf

For a more unique shape, cut the top corners off, using the Dremel EZ SpeedClic: Wood Cutting Wheel (SC544). Sand down these cuts afterwards for a smoother finish.

Step 9 9

Prime and Paint

The constructed shelf painted with a layer of white primer

It’s now time to prime and paint. Apply a thin layer of wood primer over the entirity of the shelving unit. Once dry, coat the primed unit with your favourite colour paint. For a statement piece, try using a pop of colour or something with a high contrast to the wall behind. You could also attach a piece of rope to the top to for that hanging shelf appearance. Finish the shelf off by adding a key hook or your go to out-the-door items!